Artichokes with fresh lemons

This is one of my favourite meals! There are modern recipes with artichokes, but this is a very traditional one. My mother taught me how to make it.

Vegan recipe

This dish is part of the many vegan recipes the Greeks have. Did you know that according to Orthodox tradition the Greek people eat vegan 175 days of the year? These days are divided over 12 months and are based on the religious calendar, for example the fasting period that starts 40 days before Easter.

You can find good quality artichokes in the frozen section of your supermarket, but I prefer to buy mine fresh from the market in Poros-town. Look how beautiful they are!


We use only the hearts of the artichokes.


To prevent the artichoke hearts from turning black, put them in a bowl with water and lemon.




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All the ingredients are cut and ready to go into the pan.


And now we have a delicious, healthy meal!




– 8 Artichoke hearts (1 – 2 per person)
– 10 small potatoes peeled and cut into large wedges (allow 2 wedges per
– 6 Carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch lengths (allow 2 pieces per
– 4 Spring Onions chopped finely
– Fresh dill, chopped – use about ½ cup
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1 cup of olive oil
– Flour, 1/3 cup for 6 people
– Salt and pepper


Place prepared artichoke hearts, carrots and potatoes into a bowl. Add only enough water to barely cover. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon. Reserve water for later use.

Heat one cup of oil in a deep wide pan. Add onions, artichoke hearts, carrots, potatoes, and ½ of the dill and stir. Slowly add reserved artichoke lemon water to add moisture to cooking vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste. Leave to cook until everything is soft.

Fill half a cup with water and add two tablespoons of the flour. Stir for a few moments and add to the pan, continue cooking on a low heat for 10 minutes. Serve by laying artichoke hearts on plate and spoon potatoes, carrots and sauce on top. Sprinkle the remaining dill on top.


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4 Responses to Artichokes with fresh lemons

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    Therese Byrne 2014/11/21 at 10:05 #

    Hi Katerina, I spent many an afternoon and evening in both Odyssey and Theano taverna and enjoyed and savoured the most amazing food. 29 years ago was my first time in Poros and those memories remain with me. To anyone who is going to experience Katerina’s wonderful meals, you have a treat in store. Enjoy every mouthful and the very best of luck to you in your ventures, Katerina.

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      Katerina 2014/11/22 at 08:51 #

      Hey Therese I remember the fun evenings at Odyssey , with Jan and you laughing all the evening ! thank you very much ! I hope you’ll enjoy the blog !

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    Anja 2014/11/25 at 09:48 #

    Dear Katerina

    We are so happy, that you make this blog. Its beautiful to see all your pics of poros. We will contact you these days for our reservation next may – we will come with Manu und Ivan. We can’t wait to see all of you again.

    Hugs and kisses to you and the whole crew and a special one to άργυρος (I hope the writing is right?)

    Anja & Stefan

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      Katerina 2014/12/02 at 16:32 #

      Hi Anja and Stefan , thank you very much for your comment ! Manu, Ivan , Rik and me we had a few fantastic evenings in August , just fun !!! Your friends are as like you 2 , fun to be with and drink a glass of wine ! We ll have a great time in May ! , talk to you soon !

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